A Thirty-Minute Workout to Get in Shape for Your Wedding Day
Zankyou’s favorite trainer, Andrew Ames is back with more tips for our brides to be, before they walk down the aisle. All you need is 30 minutes — no gym membership required! Here are a few easy tips from Andrew that you can do right in your own home.
Imagine how many steps it would take to step-touch down the aisle? All eyes are on you as the shining star and you must look your best. Find a hallway or area that you have enough room to exercise back and forth with at least 15 steps/lunges.
1. Warm up the body with a “wall sit” against a wall. Place your back against a wall with your feet shoulder-length apart, and slide down to a sitting position, so your lower body makes a 90 degree angle or just slightly above 90 degrees. Be sure to sit into the wall and not allow to much pressure forward on your knees. Try to maintain this position for 50-70 seconds. Repeat this exercise 2 more times. Allow 20 seconds for rest in between each “wall sit.”
2. Apply the first exercise with a “squat side step” First, face the right or left side of the hallway. Squat back into your heels as if you’ll sit in a chair but with your legs at a 45 degree angle. Imagine it is half the position you were in with the “wall sit” Second, firmly place your arms straight out in front of you, at shoulder level, extending the arms as far as they can without letting the shoulders protrude forward. Lastly, step to the side down the hallway and then back to the starting line. Example: Facing the right side. Step to the side with the right foot, step together with the left foot. This counts as 1 squat side step. Squat side step 15-20 times and squat side step 20 times back up the hallway. (You are leading with the same leg – just reverse the direction and lead off with the opposite leg this time).
3. Let’s start conditioning and get the heart rate up and pumping now, so it’s not skyrocketing up on your wedding day! Jump rope in place with both feet jumping together, or just jump from one foot to the other, for 50-70 seconds. With your arms, alternate the direction of the jump rope half way through each set. Make sure you swing and keep the elbows close to your body, so the intensity increases and you burn some extra calories. Repeat the jumprope exercise 5 times. Allow for 20-30 seconds of rest in between each set. Total time: roughly 6 minutes in length.
Until next time, keep feeling confident and sexy! Stay hydrated and make healthy food choices to keep those muscles movin’ and grovin’ until your wedding day!
Guest Blogger: Andrew Blake Ames
Fitness and Health expert
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